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Corn for food or fuel?

Lately there have been several comments in the news media about ethanol mixed with gas. All refer to the high impact the use of corn (as the primary source of ethanol) is having on our food supply and cost of food.

A front page article in the July 22, 2012 Des Moines Register on E-15 also related other problems with E-15. It indicated the lack of compatibility with older vehicles, and with small engines, including current models being sold and other concerns.

The one sentence in the Des Moines Register which stood out to me was that 60 percent of the Iowa corn crop goes into ethanol.

That is a lot of food to feed this nation and the world.

Should we thank the Environmental Protection Agency and all of our congressional leaders for providing clean air to enjoy while slowly losing control of our food supply and the rising cost of food?

Kent Rees


Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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